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M Backpacking Scotland - Dealing With the Wet and Cold (Photo Essay & Gear List)

by Chris Townsend

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In May 2004 Chris Townsend hiked across the Scottish Highlands from coast to coast, a 13-day, 190-mile walk. He climbed 28 summits, with a total ascent of 46,725 feet. It really is important to keep pack weight down. However, the Scottish climate is generally wet and cold and the hills are mostly bare and exposed to the wind. Equipment must be capable of dealing with such conditions. On this trip, the weather was mostly cloudy, with winds gusting well over 20 miles per hour (37 mph was the maximum recorded) and rain on six days. Temperatures were moderate - in the fifties most days and thirty to fifty overnight - with just a couple of frosty nights and only one sunny day. The air was damp. Relative tent humidity was often over 80 percent and once reached 90 percent. Chris' gear list and photos from the trip are included online. See Backpacking Light: Issue 3 for the full story and gear insights.

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